Undergraduate cyber security programs can be found at many top schools and colleges across the country, including the University of Southern California, Iowa State University, and DePaul University. While the University of Southern California offers a master's degree in computer security, Iowa State University offers classes to both undergraduate and graduate students. Courses include the management of varying types of computer system security as well as information assurance topics. These universities have all been ranked by U.S. News & World Report, and each has unique aspects, such as flexible learning options and recognition from government organizations.
University of Southern California
University of Southern California (USC) is currently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as tied for 23rd place on the list of best universities nationwide. In 2014, USC tied for 20th on its list of schools offering the best computer science programs.
Computer security is offered as a specialization at the master's degree level. Topics students can learn in this program include security technologies and enforcement, system management, statistical analysis of cyber-attacks, web technologies and robotics, and artificial intelligence.
Iowa State University
Iowa State University (ISU) tied for 11th place nationally on U.S. News & World Report's best colleges of 2017 publication. Despite a lower national ranking, ISU's Department of Computer Science program in information assurance is highly respected. The school's Information Assurance Center was one of the first seven to be certified by the NSA.
The information assurance program is geared toward graduate students, but undergraduate students can take several of these upper-division classes. Courses include topics such as information warfare, cryptography and steganography, information system security, advanced protocols, network security and forensics, and legal issues in information assurance.
DePaul University was ranked 70th on the list of best value schools by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers a bachelor's degree program in cybersecurity and a master's degree in computer, information, and network security with concentrations in network infrastructure, computer security, and compliance. Some courses are available online.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Information Systems Security
- Networking Management
- Systems Administration
- Webmaster and Multimedia Management
Top U.S. Cyber Programs
These other top schools with cyber security degrees have distinctive aspects to their programs:
|George Mason University||Fairfax, VA||Ranked #14 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of most innovative schools|
|Northeastern University||Boston, MA||Has received cyber security grants from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of Naval Research|
|Nova Southeastern University||Fort Lauderdale, FL||The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency designated the university as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education|
|University at Buffalo||Buffalo, NY||Faculty averages $4.5 million annually in research awards|
|University of Houston||Houston, TX||Collaborated with federal agencies, the local government, and local businesses to form the Cyber Security Institute, which offers a certificate program as well as courses to business owners and high school students|
|University of Maryland||Adelphi, MD||Offers a cybersecurity competition team known as the Cyber Padawans|
|The University of Texas at San Antonio||San Antonio, TX||Students enrolled at the Institute for Cyber Security can compete in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.|
Options for students considering a cyber security program at one of the nation's top schools may include different concentrations, online availability, and internships.